Thurgood Marshall, right, chief legal counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), talks with student Elizabeth Eckford in the corridor of the Federal Courthouse at Little Rock, Ark., where a hearing on the integration case of Central High School is being held, Sepember 7, 1954. 15-year old Elizabeth was the first of nine black students to attempt to enter the school on opening day, only to be turned away by Arkansas National Guard troops following orders of Gov. Orval Faubus to block the main entrance. (AP Photo)
This week in history: Brown v. Board of education
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous ruling on the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ending racial segregation in public facilities. This week marks the 59th anniversary of the ruling.